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Reminds Producers Of Coming Deadlines Each year prodecers must certify their crops to be eligible to receive program benefits. May 31 is the final date to re- port small grains such as, wheat and alfalfa, without a late certi- fication fee. May 31 is also the final date to obtain loans and LDPs on 2005 corn and grain sorghum. Sign-up ends for 2006 Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment Program, without a late fee on June 1. August 1 is the final date for reporting spring seeded crops, CRP and NAP crops. Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) ap- plication closing dates are Sep- tember 1 for wheat grazing and December 1 for native grasses. NAP Notice of Loss must be filed within 15 calendar days af- ter the date the disaster condi- tion occurred or damage to the crop becomes apparent. Reminder: a CCC-633-EZ Page 1 must be on file in the county office before losing ben- eficial interest on 2006 crops to be eligible for LDP's': Internet Service 582-2217 in Coldwater Th ditch is no place to pitch WE BRING AG LENDING HOME TO YOU! Real Estate Operating Livestock Equipment Visit Our Local Greensburg Outpost Thursdays 9 am - Noon & By Appointment 115W. Kansas Greensburg (620) 450-7694 IIIII Plains Credit TOLL FREE 1-866-672-1265 Mind Your Health is this year's theme for Mental Health Month. Celebrated across the nation each May, this month is designed to boost awareness of mental health issues and their impact. Following are some Fast Facts (from www.nmha.org) that illustrate the significance of the role mental health plays in a variety of contexts. Mind/Body Between 28 to 301 per cent of the U.S. population has a mental health disorder, sub- stance abuse disorder or both. Stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide. Chronic stress can double a person's risk of having a heart attack and can cause premature aging. People who have heart dis- ease and depression are up to twice as likely to die within two years of being diagnosed with heart disease as people who have heart disease only. People who have depressions are more likelythan others to develop diabetes. Workplace Even just moderate levels of depressive or anxiety-type symptoms can affect work per- formance and productivity. Workplace. environments have a greater effect on em- ployee stress levels than the number of hours employees work. Depression is associated WE'VE GOT I A GOOD THING [ GOING HERE. [ Findoutwhatyou ~ I can do about & ~-. '~-~-~---"--~- I with a 50 per cent increase in missed worked days but early and proper treatment is associ- ated with a marked decrease in disability leave time. More than three out of four employees who seek care for workplace issues or mental health problems see substantial improvement in work perfor- mance after treatment. Older Adults About 11 per cent of adults over age 55 have an anxiety dis- order. Only about half of older adults who acknowledge that they may have mental health problems receive treatment and only a fraction of those receive specialty mental health treatment (3 per cent). Medical treatment outcomes are worse when complicated by mental health problems. For ex- ample, rehabilitation from a hip fracture or a heart attack is less successful and more expensive when complicated by depres- sion. The highest rate of suicide for any age group (19.4 per 100,000) is among people 85 and older; the second highest rate (17.7 per 100,000) is among those between 75 and 84. Children & Families Five to 9 per cent of children in the US have a serious emo- tional disturbance. Only about 21 per cent of children in the US who need mental health services actually receive them. In the past year, three mil- lion teenagers have considered or attempted suicide. The Iroquois Center for Hu- man Development, your com- munity mental health center, stands ready to help with mental health issues and problems. Serving Comanche, Clark, Edwards, and Kiowa Counties, we provide a wide variety of ser- vices throughout the area and are here to help. If you have questions or want to schedule an appointment, con- tact our main office, in Greens- burg at (620) 723-2272 or toll free at 1 (888) 877-0376. First to Start Last to Quit mer now In Try # before you buy it/ QuiGK Loade Head Also in Stock Call Cleo Katz Youi" Authorized local Shindaiwa Dealer (620) Greetings from all your Prai- rie Plaza friends. We hope your week was en- joyable. Our last shower gave us only .20" rain, but a lot of us have been planting things. In a few weeks our porches will be very colorful. I heard from my daughter yesterday, they had two rain showers, but less than an inch of moisture at Garden City. When I called Mai'tin Parks, he said he had a little mishap and fell on his porch. Many of our group have walkers, but still have to be very careful. Neighbors Margaret Morgan, Leola Moore, and Ruth Tim- mons enjoyed all the home grown talent at"Wilmore Satur- day Night Live" Saturday evening. We hope their crowds continue to grow. A few of our neighbors were under the weather yesterday -- hope today will be better for them. It seems there are still in by Jennifer Kay, SCES Kindergarten Teacher Our school year has gone very quickly in Kindergarten. We have learned many new things, like recognizing alphabet letters, knowing the sounds those letter make, sounding out words, counting by 10's, 2's and 5's, recognizing numbers and know- ing their value, identifying coins, as well as the school rules" and how to get along in school. It seems for the teacher that once we have taught them how school works, it is time to send them on and start all over with a new group. We will be taking our end-of-the-year class trip in May. We will travel to Pratt to visit the Fire Department, eat lunch and play at Lemon Park and then finish up the day with ice cream and a drink from McDonalds. There are 32 kindergartners this year at South Central: We divide these children in half with More County Meeting (continued from page 1) noting that the next meeting will be Monday, May 15. (Both were changed from Tuesday due to schedule conflicts.) --Met with courthouse cus- todian Lynda Cooley who re- ported that Connie Sunderland would be gone for 6-8 weeks from her job of cleaning the health clinic, and the health de- partment had asked if Mrs. Cooley would take her place for that time. Commissioners agreed for her to clean the health clinic building after her regular hours at the courthouse. --Heard a report from Mrs. Cooley and the county clerk that part-time employee LeAnne Park had reached the halfway point in number of hours worked before she becomes part of the KPERS plan. by Darlene Hilt some bad old germs floating around out there. Some of our local stores have a lot of great blooming plants on hand, go check them out. I had to go shop for some rose moss, as I thought mine wasn't com- ing up. Then saw many coming up around my new grass plants. I hope some of you had a nice old fashioned May Day. I forgot my neighbors until it was too late, but at~er all I'm an old gal of 75 now! (Senior moments, you know.) This is another slow news week, so maybe next time we will have more. Have a good week and call a shut-in. Thought for the day --"You are out of shape if your knees buckle and your belt doesn't." Kena Jackson teaching 16 and I have 16. This year the students in Mrs. Kay's class are: Taylor Bayne, Victoria Bruckner, Kassadee Harris, Jarek Jellison, Zach Jel- lison, Cody Konrade, Bryce Lawless, Cody Levering, Cabe Lindsay, Lander Martin, Gre- gory Sharp, Brooke Smith, Susana Thiessen, Morgan Turley, Kaleigh Webster, and Mason Winegarner. I presented each child in my class with the first halfofa well- kriown proverb. I asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. Their insight may surprise you! Keep in mind that these are five- and six year-olds! Don't change horses in the rain. Morgan Turley Strike while the baseball is in the mitt. Kassadee Harris It's always darkest before morning. Cabe Lindsay Never underestimate the power of my puppy. (He bites real hard/) Cody Konrade You can lead a horse to wa- ter, but you have to feed him too. Gregory Sharp Don't bite the hand that is yucky. Mason Winegarner No news is because your TV is runned out. Jarek Jellison A miss is as good as a Sir. Victoria Bruckner If you lie down with dogs, you'll feel tired in the morn- ing. Cody Levering Love all, trust God. Kaleigh Webster The pen is mightier than the paper. Taylor Bayne Happy the bride who k/sses the man. Brooke Smith A penny saved is notmuch money. E~ryc~ l:a,~te~ Two's company, three's work. Lander Martin. Children should be seen and not hitting. Zach Je!iison Don't put offtill tomorrow going to Wal-Mart. Susana Thiessen